This is my favorite time of the year. The fall colors, cooler days, football, and of course opportunities for ministry.
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the goodness of the Lord and to connect with family and friends by sharing a meal, a laugh, and to make heartwarming memories
Over The Years
Over the years at the Dream Center many memories have been established, stories made, and thoughts spoken.
We have made a relationship with an elderly, home-bound lady named Mrs. Annie. Mrs. Annie usually calls about once a week with reports of the other elderly women in the community, but this week Mrs. Annie called to say, “Mr. and Mrs. Dream Center, I appreciate what you do. It just makes me feel real good. I’m glad He’s (God) got some senders, that he can send here, there, and everywhere.”
One day, as I walked by, a little girl said, “Momma, look! There’s Jesus!”
Recently, I was in the home of a grandmother whose granddaughter had just been shot and killed, and a lady who I have never met before told me, “I didn’t know people like you existed."
These last two comments are the greatest compliments I have ever received!
People like me exist because people like you exist!
Now that I think about it, there is just too many stories to tell.
There Must Be A Lunch First....
Everything in our world seems to scream shortage, lack, and not enough, which causes everyone to think about money way more than they would like to. In John Chapter 6, there is a story about a large group of people (around 5,000) who needed to be fed, but there was very, very little food for such a crowd. The disciples scrambled, trying to figure out HOW to meet this huge need—talk about screams of shortage and lack… their situation was SCREAMING!!—until they found a boy with a small lunch, 5 loaves and 2 fish, it was so few among so many. What would be the point really… But this boy was willing to give his lunch… the meal he was going to eat, he gave it to Jesus. Jesus took it, Blessed it, and Broke it and the disciples began to pass the food out to the hungry people and the disciples kept passing, and passing, and passing, and passing until everyone had their fill and THEN there was 12 baskets of bread and fish left over and you KNOW who took that home. Forget the screams… the screams have been going on since the beginning of time and will continue until the end of time, but more importantly focus on the promises, focus on the spiritual… what that boy did WAS spiritual. He partnered with Jesus… we believe your giving is spiritual… we have a deep appreciation of the miracles and blessings associated with tithes, offerings, doing spiritual things, and partnering with Jesus. Everyone who ignores the screams and does the spiritual comes out on top.
....Before Twelve Baskets Are Left Over
According to John Chapter 6, no one had enough. The boy did not have enough, the crowd did not have enough, and the disciples did not have enough, but when the lunch was given, God made it more than enough, plus 12 baskets more!